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Tim Cunningham


My pilgrimage to the Primitive Baptist church began in the spring of 1987, while serving as pastor of a Missionary Baptist church in Tennessee. During 1986, I experienced my first exposure to the doctrines of grace under the influence of the Sovereign Grace Landmark Missionary Baptist. I became convinced of the truthfulness of these precious doctrines, but remained unwilling to give up my association with the Arminian Missionary Baptist with whom I was affiliated.

During that time, I was employed on a part time basis at a local "Christian" radiostation, where I was introduced to Elder Bobby Collins, who was at that time pastor of the Elgin Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church near Rogersville Alabama. I knew very little about Primitive Baptist, but I was aware that they believed the doctrines of grace. My soul was starving to learn more about the truths that I had silently embraced and I therefore initiated a conversation with Elder Collins.

After much prayerful study and deliberation with Brother Collins and others, I became persuaded that the Primitive Baptist possessed the apostolic identity both in doctrine and in practice of the true church of our Lord Jesus Christ. I resigned as pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church and was blessed to unite by baptism with Elgin Crossroads Primitive Baptist Church on the night of my twenty-first birthday.

The Church saw fit to call for my ordination to the gospel ministry and I was ordained on October 8, 1988 at which time I was called to serve as co-pastor with Elder Bobby Collins.

Brother Collins and I served together until May of 1989 when he resigned the pastoral care of the church. Shortly after my ordination, I was also called to pastor second Creek Church in Five Points, Tennessee. Here I attempted to serve until Elgin Crossroads Church called for my full-time services in the Spring of 1992. I was blessed to serve Elgin Crossroads Church until April of 1998 when I accepted the call to pastor New Hope Church in Hatley Mississippi where I am endeavoring to serve at the present time.

God has been very gracious to this poor, hell-deserving wretch. In addition to the

abundance of undeserved spiritual blessings, he has given me a beautiful family. My wife, Cathy and I were married on May 22, 1987. God gave me the privilege of baptizing her into the church on the day of my ordination. She and I have been blessed with five precious children... Sarah, Benjamin, Grace, Nathanael and Daniel. I was honored to baptize my two oldest children into the membership of New Hope Church. To God belongs all the glory and praise forever.

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Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)